Browse our reports to find out about Ontario’s universities’ role in everything from jobs and skills to health care and community transformation.
Ontario’s universities’ 2020 Pre-Budget Submission details how government and universities can partner to unleash the potential of our province by helping our students gain the transferable skills they need to thrive and fueling a dynamic innovation ecosystem that will drive economic development. Scroll down to see key facts and stories highlighting the impacts of our institutions on our students, communities and province.
Ontario’s universities, in partnership with colleges and student advocacy groups, are committed to the well-being and success of our students – the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators, tradespeople and business and community leaders in the province.
Our institutions have made student mental health a priority, but we cannot meet this challenge alone. It is a shared responsibility that requires collective action through a ‘whole-of-community’ approach.
In our 2020 joint report, In It Together: Foundations for Promoting Mental Wellness in Campus Communities, Ontario’s Universities, Colleges Ontario, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) and College Student Alliance (CSA) put forward our recommendations for helping meet the growing challenge of student mental health.
A globally competitive Ontario is built on the strengths of its regions. Cultivating local ecosystems of talent and innovation helps create the type of environment that enables people to find jobs in their hometowns and communities, and attract investment from industry looking to partner with local businesses and help them scale.
Ontario’s universities are embedded in their local communities, employing thousands of residents and supporting businesses through the economic activity of students, the university and faculty, alike. They are conducting ground-breaking research that leads to new technologies and helps build a sustainable economies.
But their impact extends much further than the place where they’re located.
This booklet features some of the ways Ontario’s universities are helping to drive regional economic development, and create an environment where businesses, both large and small, can thrive.